August 15, 2018
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Unicorn

The unicorn is a legendary animal that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. The unicorn was depicted in ancient seals of the Indus Valley Civilization and was mentioned by the ancient Greeks in accounts of natural history by various writers, including Ctesias, Strabo, Pliny the Younger, and Aelian.[1] The Bible also describes an animal, the re’em, which some translations have rendered with the word unicorn.[1] In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white horselike or goatlike animal with ...

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Basilisk

In European bestiaries and legends, a basilisk ( from the Greek βασιλίσκος basilískos, “little king;” Latin regulus) is a legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents and said to have the power to cause death with a single glance. According to the Naturalis Historia of Pliny the Elder, the basilisk of Cyrene is a small snake, “being not more than twelve fingers in length,”[2]that is so venomous, it leaves a wide trail of deadly venom in its wake, and its gaze is likewise lethal; its weakness is in the odor of the weasel, ...

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Phoenix

In Slavic folklore, the Firebird (Russian: Жар-пти́ца, Zhar-ptitsa; Ukrainian: Жар-пти́ця, Zhar-ptytsia; Serbian: Жар-птица or Žar-ptica; Croatian: Žar ptica, Rajska ptica; Bulgarian: Жар-птица, Zhar-ptitsa; Macedonian: Жар-птица, Žar-ptica; Polish: Żar-ptak; Czech: Pták Ohnivák; Slovak: Vták Ohnivák; Slovene: Rajska/zlata-ptica) is a magical glowing bird from a faraway land, which is both a blessing and a bringer of doom to its captor. Some believe it can see the future. The Firebird is described as a large bird with majestic plumage that glows brightly emitting red, orange, and yellow light, like a bonfire that is just past the turbulent flame. The feathers ...

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Hermaphrodite

Hermaphrodite (en grec ancien Ἑρμαφρόδιτος / Hermaphróditos) est un personnage de la mythologie grecque. Son nom a été utilisé pour créer le terme hermaphrodisme, qui désigne ce qui réunit les caractéristiques des deux sexes. Hermaphrodite a été un fréquent sujet d’inspiration. En sculpture, la représentation la plus célèbre est celle de l’Hermaphrodite endormi, statue de l’époque hellénistique dont des copies figurent au Palais Massimo alle Terme, à la Galerie Borghèse à Rome, à la Galerie des Offices à Florence (salle 38 dite « de l’Hermaphrodite »1) ainsi qu’au musée du ...

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The Sphinx

The sacred animal attributed to this 18th path of the qabalistic Tree of Life is the sphinx, a well known mythological animal “whose expression of enigma combining male, female, and animal qualities is an apt symbol of the Great Work brought to perfection.”[24] The word sphinxcomes from the Greek Σφίγξ, apparently from the verb σφίγγω (sphíngō), meaning “to squeeze”, “to tighten up”.[25] This name may be derived from the fact that the ...

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